When he was one years old, his family migrated from Belgrade to Paris. His father was a fashion designer so from a very young age, he was exposed to design. He found his passion in cars at the age of 8 when he saw a metallic green Ford Mustang on his way to school and felt compelled to draw the car until he could reproduce it perfectly. As a young man in 1985, he entered apprenticeship with Peugeot's interior design department. Within in a year he had joined Alain Carre's design agency. Between 1986 and 1988 he was put in charge of the vehicles design department and he became a big name in the field of motorcycle design.